Doctor of Philosophy Degree in English

Degree Information

For complete degree information and requirements for the English Ph.D. program, please see the online version of the UTSA Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements

In addition to satisfying the University-wide graduate admission requirements, applicants must have a Master’s degree in English or a related discipline with a grade point average of 3.5 or better and a minimum of at least 18 upper-division and/or graduate hours in English literary studies with a grade point average of 3.5 or better.

Furthermore, applicants must submit:

  1. A statement of purpose (2–3 pages).
  2. A writing sample (minimum 15-page research paper).
  3. Three letters of recommendation attesting to the student’s academic training, capability, and potential.
  4. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores of no less than 550 (paper version), or 79 (Internet version) if the student has received degrees from non-English speaking universities.


All application materials should be submitted online with the exception of official transcripts, which should be mailed to:

University of Texas at San Antonio
The Graduate School
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249-0603


The deadline for submitting an application to the English Ph.D. program is February 1 of each year. Spring admission is not offered.


For further assistance, please contact:

Dr. Kenneth Walker, PhD Graduate Advisor

Mailing address:
Ph.D. Graduate Advisor of Record
Department of English
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249

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